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Treat a man as he is and he will remain as he is. Treat a man as he can and should be and he will become as he can and should be.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, German poet, letter-writer (1749-1832)
Anything is possible if you don’t know what you’re talking about.
There is no person living who isn’t capable of doing more than he thinks he can do.
Henry Ford, US automobile manufacturer, engineer (1863-1947)
First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do.
Epictetus, Greek philosopher (55-135 AD)
I only speak to the ‘A’ in people and I set as the goal the maximum capacity that people have. I settle for no less. I make myself a relentless architect of the possibilities of human beings.
Benjamin Zander, British conductor, management presenter (b. 1939)
To find in ourselves what makes life worth living is a risky business, for it means that once we know we must seek it. It also means that without it life will be valueless.
Marsha Sinetar, US management author
It is difficult to say what is impossible, for the dream of yesterday is the hope of today and the reality of tomorrow.
Bob Goddard, US physicist, rocketry pioneer (1882-1945)
You wake up in the morning, and your purse is magically filled with twenty-four hours of unmanufactured tissue of the universe of life! It is yours. It is the most precious of possessions. No one can take it from you. And no one receives more or less than you receive.
Arnold Bennett, British novelist (1867-1913)
I am inclined by nature to be optimistic about the capacity of a person to rise higher than he or she has thought possible once interest and ambition are aroused.
Dwight D Eisenhower, US President, general (1890-1969)
Things are only impossible until they’re not.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard, character in ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation’, created by Gene Roddenberry (1921-1991)
If an elderly but distinguished scientist says that something is possible he is almost certainly right, but if he says that it is impossible he is very probably wrong.
Arthur C Clarke, British author (1917-2008)
What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us.
Ralph Waldo Emerson, US essayist, poet (1803-1882)
Of course we all have our limits, but how can you possibly find your boundaries unless you explore as far and as wide as you possibly can? I would rather fail in an attempt at something new and uncharted than safely succeed in a repeat of something I have done.
Aaron E Hotchner, US author (b. 1920)
If someone says ‘can’t’, that shows you what to do.
John Cage, US composer (1912-1992)
Nothing splendid has ever been achieved except by those who dared believe that something inside of them was superior to circumstance.
Bruce Barton, US author, advertising executive (1886-1967)